Toms River Teen Dies In Early Morning Car Accident

Police: car went through stop sign, hit tree

Photo: TRPD
Photo: TRPD
A 19-year-old Toms River man died early Saturday morning in a single-vehicle car crash in which one other person was seriously injured.

Francis Duddy, of Holly Street, was a passenger in the 2006 Honda Civic being driven by Conner Hanfin, 18, of Hemlock Hill Drive, according to police spokesman Ralph Stocco. Duddy was pronounced dead at the scene of the 1:36 a.m. accident; Hanfin was extricated by emergency rescue crews and was flown by medevac helicopter to Jersey Shore University Medical Center, Neptune, where he is listed in critical condition.

The vehicle, Stocco said, went through a stop sign and crossed over Vaughn Avenue. It continued a short distance on Yellowbank Road until it went over the curb at the end of the cul-de-sac, then entered a wooded area and struck a tree.

Toms River Police Department Traffic Safety Officer David Bartoshek is conducting the investigation and is being assisted by the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office Fatal Accident Support Team and the Ocean County Sheriff’s Department CIU Evidence Unit, Stocco said.

Rescue efforts were conducted by Toms River Police EMS, MONOC paramedics, East Diver Fire Department, Silverton Fire Department, and Toms River Fire Company #2. The cause of the crash is still under investigation. 

No charges have been filed as of yet.
Heywood February 10, 2014 at 04:11 PM
I think bob should be removed from this discussion due to the threatening nature of his posts.
TR February 10, 2014 at 05:35 PM
Do a little research. The kid is or was 19 right. How come I keep finding pictures with him with alcohol on the web? Pictures of him with beer, liquor.....One of his last pictures he posed was a bottle of Jim Beam! Does anyone else see a problem with this? It will come out that he was at a party with all minors where alcohol was being consumed. The parents have to take some responsibility. Look into their personal lives before yours is gone too. They are your kids for gods sake!
Genrl Quarters February 10, 2014 at 07:04 PM
Heywood, I think that guy 'bob' may have a personal connection to the deceased and/or the driver....and he may be angry and upset at the loss of a friend. Perhaps denying that alcohol was involved gives him some sort of comfort. I wish him comfort soon. Losing someone close is terrible at that age. But the truth, either way, will come to the surface. The shame of this whole thing is that young adults don't learn...as well as older adults. BTW....the Heywood Jablomey thing is a good old gag from back in the day. A friend of mine did it twenty years ago to a young reporter at a charity golf tournament and it got by the editor and made it to the caption of the photo in the paper's print edition...hysterical at the time.
Patricia Rush February 10, 2014 at 07:06 PM
Prayers and sympathy for the two young men and their families. A young life cut short is never a reason for the bashing that I am reading here. I am a 65 year old straight edge Grandma but as I look back on my life, there were many times that I made foolish decisions. I am impressed that the Patch has so many readers that are such "perfect people". Whatever the details are, this is such a tragedy. Those poor parents have such a hard road ahead. God Bless them.
bob February 10, 2014 at 07:58 PM
Jerkoff Heywood and Jerkoff TR, hiding behind your little stupid names. We send kids to die for our country at 18 or younger, but you have a problem with a minor having a drink. The truth will come to the surface, but until it does, you two cowards need to shut the hell up. I'm not denying alcohol might have been involved, but until i hear it from the proper authorities, i will not speculate. I hope one day when someone close to you dies, they get slandered before there even buried.
suz February 10, 2014 at 08:05 PM
Hey bob...you need to be a bit more thick skinned when you read or comment on the Patch. Sometimes you may be better off Just ignoring the things you don't agree with...not worth the time. If this story is close to your heart, I hope you can find peace in remembering your friends. It truly is a tragedy.
bob February 10, 2014 at 08:16 PM
Suz, i'm as thick skinned as they come, but i'm not going to let these pathetic losers slander these teens. I'm sure all there kids never had any problems in life.
suz February 10, 2014 at 08:38 PM
Well, you know the saying...people in glass houses shouldn't throw stones. I'm sure a few of them definitely should not be throwing stones.
John Cobb February 11, 2014 at 05:57 AM
bob seems to have some issues, perhaps he needs to bob on down for some anger management sessions at his local mental health facility.
SJ Erickson February 11, 2014 at 08:05 AM
Just a few thoughts. I think everyone's hearts go out to these families and can't think of anything worse than losing a child. The truth will come out, and anyone that's posted false info will be revealed. Never post anything while your emotions are high. Wishing harm on someone and calling them names is just as wrong as using military risk as an excuse for underage drinking.
JFTR February 11, 2014 at 10:29 AM
"Bob" seems more mentally stable than the people who come on here and use this story of a young man DYING to get up on their soap box.
Vic Rattlehead February 11, 2014 at 02:43 PM
Yea maruca your perfect all of a sudden you dont know and never do have your facts straight. Awful lot of free time to sling mud bet you wouldnt show you ugly face anywhere and talk crap face to face. I gotta go iam gonna roller skate down the middle of rt 88
Vic Rattlehead February 11, 2014 at 07:56 PM
Dan why do electronic news papers have comments any. We did not get a chance to blog about tony gramhams crappy editorial. Also, why would you have turn off the comments on this article but i didn't hear the same sensitivity from from you regarding the foremention brick ACCIDENT. Are you the censor?
Seriously? February 12, 2014 at 07:40 PM
Some of you here are missing a major point. You can cry and pray and give condolences all you want to the families of these kids, but there are a lot of questions to be answered: (1) Why was there an alcohol-fueled party being held by an underage high school kid without that child's parents being at the house; (2) why weren't the parents of these two kids informed as to where they were going, who they were going to be with and whether the parents were going to be there; and (3) why didn't these kids call their parents, 'fess up to what they did and just get a ride home? I told my kids when they were both in high school that I would not be happy if they were drinking at a party, but if they did, under no circumstances were they to drive home or get in a car with someone who was drinking. They were to call us, without repercussions. I would have rather seen my kids safe than scared to call home and end up dead. Instead of calling names at each other, you should all be sitting down with your kids (you're not their friends, you're their parents, and this is YOUR responsibility, not the school district's) and telling them AGAIN the dangers of drinking and driving, BUT if they end up making a mistake and drinking when they shouldn't have, they should not be afraid at all to call their parents for a ride home. All that being said, now the lawsuits will begin - the owner of the car (probably the driver's parents); the driver; and the owners of the house where the party was held (third party liability). Not to mention to criminal charges against the driver of the car and possibly the owners of the house, for not supervising the whole mess.
Chris February 13, 2014 at 06:49 PM
Maruca...for someone who criticizes everything on this site, you seem to be on all day everyday. "The patch is begging for comments..." and look who the 1st two are from. Go run for politics or leave nj if you don't like the way anything is done around here. ...I di not read all the comments because I get so riled up by maruca's posts I had to roll down and do this. Also to everyone...get the idea of the story here, then go do some real research before you spout nonsense and make yourself look and sound not too bright
Just The Facts Please February 15, 2014 at 09:35 AM
Mom is text and e-mail blasting the church and school community asking them to write "don't send Connor to jail" letters to the OC Prosecutor.
Genrl Quarters February 15, 2014 at 09:48 AM
@Just The Facts.....it doesn't matter if the Pope wrote a letter to the Prosecutor....if the gentleman was driving while intoxicated when this incident occurred, then the Prosecutor's hands are tied due to the fatality....it's a serious felony (vehicular manslaughter) that can't be pleaded down to a misdemeanor. I believe it carries mandatory prison time...something like 2-5 years. Perhaps he could receive the minimum ? But I don't believe he could 'walk away' from this without being incarcerated. Plus, if he could walk away what kind of message would that send ? This isn't the first time a friend has killed a friend in a DWI accident. All that of course is subject to the toxicology report (if indeed the man was even impaired). Has that info been released ?
Just The Facts Please February 16, 2014 at 09:41 AM
@ Genrl: I agree with your position, and I don't believe an official report has been issued. But for the grace of God, this could have been my son or daughter. What troubles me is that underage drinking appears to be on the rise, and ignored by parents. Maybe we need to find another way to get the message across. Buying alcohol for someone under 21? $1000 fine and one year loss of license. Second offense? You lose you driving privileges for 5 years. Drive a car under the influence and underage? Lose your license for 1 year, 8 weekends in county lock-up and 1 year substance counseling with Court ordered parental attendance. Heck, I'd be in favor of this penalty simply for finding unopened alcohol in a car full of kids under 21. And don't get me started on how I'd break the cycle for parents allowing kids to drink in their homes.
Harry February 16, 2014 at 11:13 AM
There is not one of us that didn't drink and drive when we were younger or drive in a car with someone that was drinking. Through the grace of God and angels many of us survived. I do not embrace drinking in any way for any age but I think parents and guardians have to wake up a little and realize these kids are going to drink no matter what we tell them. So before they leave any where we should tell them limit the drinking and I want a phone call to drive you and your friends home. Leave your car we could pick it up the next day. Many of these kids learn the drinking at college , and its all colleges. They come home and they take on the same traditions they learned there. I am against all of this believe me, parties at the houses whether parents are home or not, drinking any where, but I would rather get a phone call to pick them up and drive them home safely than to have a tragedy like this. Again kids are going to do it no matter what at any age. If they could get a hold of the liquor they will experiment so instead of yelling and screaming at them,because you know they will do it even more, just tell them I am against it but if by chance you do it please call me.
Heywood February 16, 2014 at 11:23 AM
I too drank and drove more than once and got away with it. Maybe, because I was a careful drunk, the kind that attracts police attention because he's going a bit too slowly and being extra cautious. I also remember a time when if the local cop stopped you close to home, he might cut you a break and have you leave your car there and drive you home. I don't think that happens much anymore. What bothers me about this case is the way the accident happened, at the end of a dead end street. I'm just hoping an updated police report will shed more light on this.
Genrl Quarters February 17, 2014 at 05:46 AM
Yeah Heywood....seemingly the guy just went barreling through side streets that he was unfamiliar with. The police mentioned that he blew through the stop sign at the entrance to the cul-de-sac...I don't know if they had a witness to that infraction at 1:30 in the morning or if they simply deduced that from estimating his speed at which he impacted the tree. In other words, perhaps his speed was so great by the time he came to the end of the cul-de-sac that they surmised that no way could he have stopped at the sign and still built up enough speed to do the damage that he did ?
Andrea M. Sorensen February 18, 2014 at 08:48 AM
The mom who is sending those texts and emails is out of line. Let me ask you this, if a stranger was drinking and hit their car, would she or anyone else, want to see letters from that person's family and friends, begging them to write letters to keep the driver out of jail? We all know, the answer is NO!! I wouldn't want an adult to write or text my child to do that. She needs to stop! The law is the law, and no letter is going to change that. She's setting a poor example for these kids!
Genrl Quarters February 18, 2014 at 09:28 AM
@Andrea M. Sorensen......what Mom are you referring to ? The Mom of the deceased or the Mom of the driver ? Aside from that, it sounds like the fact that the Mom is encouraging a letter writing campaign to the DA implies that the driver is soon to be charged as a suspect. Is that just scuttlebutt....or fact ?
John Cobb February 18, 2014 at 10:06 AM
We really need an official update on this story. Patch editors, have you any more info?
Genrl Quarters February 19, 2014 at 01:32 PM
@ John Cobb......I don't think these 'dogs hunt' in that way (to coin a phrase). I think they just go for the initial 'splash' with the breaking news article and then don't have the resources to follow up.
Breezy March 04, 2014 at 10:54 AM
Wow! I never realized how insensitive our society has become....
John Cobb March 05, 2014 at 07:47 AM
@Breezy~ What makes you say that? People are just inquiring about possible causes/scenarios for this crash. Those who are offended should realize this forum is not a Memorial Service, it's a news service. I notice that almost a month has passed and still no further details.
1stcav March 05, 2014 at 08:56 AM
And any details won't change anything, the police are investigating , more charges are pending. Two families are broken, one had to bury their son and one is facing more charges. What more should the public be told ?? The rest will play out in the papers and you can read it there , move on and let them morn for now ...a little calm before the storm...please. So sad for all involved , this could have been avoided with a phone call , Please pick me up , I screwed up...wish that was the case here...
Betty Boop March 05, 2014 at 09:48 AM
Like I said a month ago. Sweep under the rug. No followup story Dan??? Tox results have been in long ago.
Genrl Quarters March 07, 2014 at 04:56 PM
@1stcav.....you say "more charges are pending" ? I wasn't aware that ANY at all had been filed to date.


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